Doing research as a first time mom trying to find out what I needed to make life with a newborn perfect was intimidating to say the least. You should have seen Brandon and I at Babies R Us for the first time, we had to call my mom to help us register for things we would need! I had no clue what I would actually need and what all was extra. Turns out there were a lot of things that if we were on a budget we could have left out. So now having been through that experience here are 16 items you don’t need for a newborn.
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The idea of a wipe warmer is awesome. There isn’t anyone in the world that loves a cold wipe on their tushy.
BUT you know what is even worse? A baby who gets used to warm wipes. The first time you go out and need to change a stinky diaper on the go, be prepared to have an unhappy baby.
The Playtex Diaper Genie Elite costs $34.99 at Babies R Us. An 8 pack of the Diaper Genie refill bags costs $47.99. We registered for a Safety 1st Easy Saver Diaper Pail and got it as a gift (it’s only $22.50) and it has the exact same 4 star rating on the Babies R Us website and you can use regular trash bags. We love ours!
Blankets are a suffocation hazard, pillows are a suffocation hazard, and bumpers are a suffocation hazard. All that leaves you with to actually use is a crib sheet. So instead of spending extra money on fancy themed bedding, spend it on extra crib sheets. We love the way our daughters bedding looks, but a lot of it she couldn’t use until she got older.
I am all for cute clothing on babies, especially little baby girls.
But, when I see outfits from the Kardashian Kollection at Babies R Us and compare the prices to the cute clothes baby B gets from Wal-Mart I am assured that spending tons of money on clothing that a baby spits up on, poops in, and grows out of in a month is not worth the money. We sometimes splurge for holiday outfits, but not every day clothes.
Babies don’t need shoes for quite a while and they grow out of them very quickly when they are that little.
When B was first born it was really easy to use the changing table because she didn’t move at all. A couple months later she was squirming all over the place and using the changing table was impossible. Plus I just ended up never wanting to go all the way to her room to change her so I just keep a small basket of changing items in the living room and use the floor to change her. I actually use her changing table as storage shelves now!
Dreft is special baby detergent that costs $23.13 for a 150 fl. Oz. Some babies are extremely sensitive to laundry detergents, but personally I don’t think it is necessary to go out and buy special detergent for your little one until you know for sure.
If you use tap water to make formula bottles then a bottle warmer is 100% useless. If you are warming up breast milk or formula made with bottled water then a bottle warmer is nice to have, but is ultimately unnecessary. You can just as easily run the bottle under warm water in the faucet or stick the bottle in a cup full of warm water.
All I have to say about this one is that there is a 90% chance you will not use it. Even if you would, I still think it is an area that you can easily save money by not spending on this item.
Baby Towels & Washcloths
Baby towels are so cute and soft and little, but guess what? Your baby is only that little for a couple of months! B is 8 months old and already too big for her baby towels.
Don’t Stock Up On One Type of Bottle
The same goes with pacifiers! Chances are very likely that you will have a picky newborn that will only take one type of bottle or pacifier. B has been pretty flexible on bottles since the beginning, but she has one paci (yes, only ONE) that she likes. I have kept up with that dang thing for 8 months now and we have about 20 other pacifiers that she won’t even look at.
Swaddle sacks are really nice, but an extra item that isn’t necessary to splurge on. You can easily swaddle your baby in a receiving blanket, which has multiple other uses as well.
This is another nice item to have. It isn’t hard to do it the old fashioned way though.
Baby Food Maker
Essentially a baby food maker is a blender or a food processer. We have something like this BELLA Rocket Blender that doubles as a food processor and is only $19.99. It was cheap, works great, and has way more uses than a baby food maker.
Paci Wipes/Breast Wipes/Boogie Wipes
I feel like these are just variations of baby wipes?
I understand the want to sanitize (especially for brand new babies) but most of the time a baby wipe will work fine.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my Boppy. We still use it for B, but if you are looking to skimp on the extras and save some money then a regular pillow will work just fine.
What baby items have you found are a waste of money?